Lifesavers for when the joy of summer vacation turns to boredom PASADENA


June 18, 1993|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

School is out, and summer vacation '93 is roughly 48 hours old, not long enough for boredom to set in . . . just yet.

It's still a novelty to stay up late and sleep in. But all too soon today's small pleasures will become tarnished, and you'll be searching for activities to fill those long, hot summer days until school opens on Sept. 1.

Before you find yourself in that parent trap again this year, there are still openings in programs in the Pasadena area.

Summer playground sessions at several area schools will be offered to youngsters ages 5 1/2 to 12. Sponsored by the county Department of Recreation and Parks, the activities run weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., June 29 through Aug. 6.

Playground sites in the area are: Freetown Recreation Center and Fort Smallwood, High Point, Jacobsville, Bodkin, Pasadena and Riviera Beach elementary schools.

The fee for the six-week program is $70 per child, with discounts available for larger families. A $3 late charge will be added to registrations received after June 28.

Preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, will have their own playground sessions at Sunset Elementary, starting June 28.

Two sessions are planned: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 2:30 p.m. To accommodate as many preschoolers as possible, children may only register for one half-day session. The cost is $75 per child.

For more details, call Bob Brandenburger at 222-3538.


Kids of all ages are invited to participate in a series of summer track meets scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Chesapeake High School track, starting June 30.

The nonpressure fun meets will feature a variety of races.

"Our meets are open to everyone in the family, young and old alike," said meet coordinator John Maguire.

For more details, call Maguire, 360-7963, or Tom Slichter, 255-1893.


If the budget is tight and your family needs a break, don't overlook visiting Lake Waterford Park on West Pasadena Road for a few hours of fun.

This 106-acre "hidden gem" offers a variety of recreational opportunities for all ages, including a 12-acre lake with ducks, tennis and basketball courts and a fantasy playground for imaginative young minds.

Lake Waterford is open from 7 a.m. to sunset daily.

For information, call 222-6248.


Kids, ages 7 to 13, can learn healthful alternatives to substance abuse in the county Police Department's "Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs" program. The four-session, half-day program will be held at Downs Park the weeks of July 12, 19 and 26. Morning sessions from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. are open to ages 7-9. Older children, ages 10-13, will attend from noon to 3 p.m.

Activities will focus on the Chesapeake Bay and include fish identification, fish habitats, fishing techniques and safety. The program highlight is a three-hour fishing trip on the Bay.

The cost for the program is $10.

Applications are available at county libraries and police station. Information: 222-6895.


The United Methodist Women of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church will have a Father's Day bake sale tomorrow starting at 10 a.m. at Angel's Market on Mountain Road.


Celebrating Father's Day on a budget again this year? Why not pack a picnic supper and take dear old dad to hear the Bay Winds Band in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Downs Park.

The concert is free. Information: 222-6239.


Congratulations to 143 sixth-graders at Chesapeake Bay Middle School who recently completed a community service project on school grounds.

The "Williams' Wonderful Wonkas" team labored for four months to spruce up the basketball courts behind the school. They pulled weeds, painted lines, and cleaned out and filled in cracks in the courts.

Last week after completing the job, they celebrated their accomplishments with -- what else? -- a basketball tournament on the refurbished courts.

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